Psychology | Cricket coaching, fitness and tips

A step-by-step guide to fixing your cricketing weaknesses

We all have our cricketing flaws.

Perhaps yours is a technical weakness stopping you from playing the ball off your legs. Maybe you go to pieces out in the middle or perhaps you find yourself exhausted after a short spell due to your fitness levels.

Cricket Show 30: Ways to improve your consistency

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David reveals his failure on two fronts this week while Kevin tells us about his new backlift. In the rest of the show we discuss some comments you have left about previous shows and also answer your questions on:

Bowl with personality as well as the ball

Can personality get you wickets?

The former Middlesex bowler Simon Hughes certainly thinks so. He uniquely explains the rise of Graeme Swann from bad boy to first choice England spinner. Swann doesn't get his wickets through vicious turn and bounce. He doesn't get them through a mysterious doosra or carom ball.

Cricket Show 28: Batting coaching at Ealing CC

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We travel to London this week to catch up with case study subject Naz while watching Ealing CC play a friendly match.

How win low scoring cricket matches

Low scoring games are an intense mental challenge for players. It's the side who can hold their nerve that come out victors.

How do you contribute to that?

It's about a combination of attitude, tactics and effort.

Case study update: Preseason matches

This article is part of the miCricketCoach 2009 Case Study. To stay up to date with their progress get the free newsletter.

Both Naz and Geraint have begun their pre-season matches. Now is the time all that extra planning, training and organising starts to come to fruition.

2 Ways to beat a better team

Have you ever been on the losing side, thrashed by a wide margin?

You don't have to have played cricket for long to experience that moment: The slow realisation that your opponents are clearly better than you and there is nothing you can do to prevent inevitable defeat.

How much practice is right for you?

At every level of cricket there are the practisers and the non-practisers. Both jealously guard their methods as right for them, but which way will get you more runs and wickets?

Case study update: Goals for the season

Having clear goals is like having a map to success. That's why I have been working with our case study subjects on getting some clear goals for the English/Welsh summer in 2009.

'The Map' Part 6: How to learn new skills from every match you play

Cricket is a great game in that you can learn from every game you play. The trick is organizing so that lessons learned can be identified and stored for future use.

Evaluating your game should be an ongoing feature of your map. By regularly assessing how your game is developing, you give yourself a better chance of picking up small flaws in your game before they develop into major problems. When developing evaluation routines try these techniques: